Saturday, November 12, 2011

High School Basketball: 2011-12 Pre-Season All-Americans!!!

Shabazz Muhammad: Class of 2012


Written by: Prospect-Central

With the NBA lockout in full effect, there's no better way (besides the NCAA) to get your basketball fix than watching the best high school hoopers in the country tear it up on the courts.  These ballers are truly the future of the game and they have yet to scratch the surface on the type of players they can become.  With so many elite basketball players in the high school ranks, the 2011-12 season should be one for the ages. The major determining factors in putting these squads together was the players projected season statistics and their local, regional and state honors from last season.  The future potential of players played a small role as well as the overall success their team might have during the up coming season.


These pre-season awards are made up of 1st, 2nd and 3rd team All-American's with ten honorable mentions for each high school class.  There is also one All-American team made up of the best players in the country regardless of class.  If that wasn't enough, there is a Player of the Year for each class as well.  Like any pre-season list however, there will be some players deserving of a selection, but left off none the less.  It comes down to simple math really.  Too many elite players....not enough spots available....certain players will be snubbed. At the bottom of this page, you can click for the freshmen, sophomore and junior All-American teams. Without further a due, here is the 2011-12 pre-season All-American's.

ALL-AMERICANS
KYLE ANDERSON pg/sf / 6'7'' 210 / St. Anthony / Fairview, NJ / UCLA / Sr.
STRENGTH
Muti-Dimensional / Basketball IQ / Skill Set / Handle
WEAKNESS
Athleticism / Consistent Jumper / Defensive Intensity

SHABAZZ MUHAMMAD sg/sf / 6'6'' 215 / Bishop Gorman / Las, Vegas, NV / Undeclared / Sr.
STRENGTH
Impact Player / Jumpshot / Athleticism / Mentality
WEAKNESS
Too Left Hand Dominant / Sharing the Basketball



JABARI PARKER sf / 6'8'' 220 / Simeon Academy / Chicago, IL / Undeclared / Jr.
STRENGTH
Skill Set / Scoring Ability / Passing / Rebounding / Size
WEAKNESS
Defense vs. Quicker Opponent / Lateral Quickness

JULIUS RANDLE pf / 6'9'' 230 / Prestonwood Christian / Dallas, TX / Undeclared / Jr.
STRENGTH
Athleticism / Attack Mode / Skill Set / Strength / Size
WEAKNESS
Lackadaisical at Times / Inconsistent Jumpshot

MITCH McGARY pf / 6'10'' 240 / Brewster Academy / Chesterton, IN / Michigan Sr.
STRENGTH
Motor / Rebounding / Handle / Jumper / Athleticism
WEAKNESS
Poor Decision Making at Times / Post Play Arsenal



SENIOR 1ST TEAM ALL-AMERICANS
KYLE ANDERSON pg/sf / 6'7'' 210 / St. Anthony / Fairview, NJ / UCLA
STRENGTH
Muti-Dimensional / Basketball IQ / Skill Set / Handle
WEAKNESS
Athleticism / Consistent Jumper / Defensive Intensity 

MARCUS SMART sg / 6'3'' 200 / Marcus / Flower Mound, TX / Oklahoma State
STRENGTH
Toughness / Strength / Work Ethic / Intangibles
WEAKNESS
Ball Handling Under Pressure / 3 Point Range

SHABAZZ MUHAMMAD sg/sf / 6'6'' 215 / Bishop Gorman / Las Vegas, NV / Undeclared
STRENGTH
Impact Player / Jumpshot / Athleticism / Mentality
WEAKNESS
Too Left Hand Dominant / Sharing the Basketball

ANTHONY BENNETT pf / 6'8'' 230 / Findlay Prep / Brampton, Ont., CAN / Undeclared
STRENGTH
Athleticism / Jumpshot / Rebounding / Strength
WEAKNESS
Defensive Intensity / Low Block Arsenal

MITCH McGARY pf / 6'10'' 240 / Brewster Academy / Chesterton, IN / Michigan
STRENGTH
Motor / Rebounding / Handle / Jumper / Athleticism 
WEAKNESS
Poor Decision Making at Times / Post Play Arsenal



SENIOR 2nd TEAM ALL-AMERICANS
ARCHIE GOODWIN sg / 6'5'' 180 / Sylvan Hills / Little Rock, AR / Kentucky
STRENGTH
Athleticism / Attack Mode / Defensive Aggression 
WEAKNESS
Consistent 3 Point Accuracy / Overall Strength


RASHEED SULAIMON sg / 6'3'' 175 / Strake Jesuit College Prep / Houston, TX / Duke
STRENGTH
3 Point Range / Scoring Instincts / Solid Work Ethic
WEAKNESS
Ball Handling Under Pressure / Overall Strength


PERRY ELLIS pf / 6'8'' 220 / Wichita Heights / Wichita, KS / Kansas
STRENGTH
Offensive Aggression / Mid-Range Game / Skill Set
WEAKNESS
Defensive Awareness / Ball Handling Under Pressure

BRANDON ASHLEY pf / 6'8'' 220 / Findlay Prep / Oakland, CA / Arizona
STRENGTH
Athleticism / Shot Blocking / Hands / Length / Touch
WEAKNESS
Physicality on Offense & Defense / Footwork


ISAIAH AUSTIN pf/c / 7'0'' 210 / Grace Prep / Arlington, TX / Baylor
STRENGTH
3 Point Range / Shot Blocking / Skill Set / Length
WEAKNESS
Inconsistent Production / Strength / Physicality



SENIOR 3rd TEAM ALL-AMERICANS 
RODNEY PURVIS sg / 6'4'' 185 / Upper Room Christian / Raleigh, NC / N.C. State
STRENGTH
Athleticism / Vision / Handle / Finishing at the Rim
WEAKNESS
Inconsistent Jumper / Rebounding / Forcing the Issue

GARY HARRIS sg / 6'5'' 195 / Hamilton Southeastern / Indianapolis, IN / Michigan State
STRENGTH
3 Point Range / Athleticism / Defensive Intensity
WEAKNESS
Ball Handling Under Pressure / Overall Strength

JUSTIN ANDERSON sf / 6'5'' 215 / Montrose Christian / Montross, VA / Virginia
STRENGTH
Athleticism / Defensive Intensity / Overall Strength
WEAKNESS
Poor Shot Selection at Times / Inconsistent Jumpshot  

CAMERON RIDLEY c / 6'10'' 245 / Bush High School / Fort Bend, TX / Texas
STRENGTH
Post Presence / Rebounding / Soft Hands / Length
WEAKNESS
Elite Athleticism / Lateral Quickness / Conditioning

STEVEN ADAMS c / 7'0'' 240 / Notre Dame Prep / Wellington, New Zealand / Pittsburgh
STRENGTH
Athleticism / Skill Set / Shot Blocking / Soft Hands
WEAKNESS
Inconsistent Jumpshot / Decision Making 

      SENIOR of the YEAR SHABAZZ MUHAMMAD

10 HONORABLE MENTIONS
Kaleb Tarczewski c / 7'0'' 220 / St. Marks / Claremont, NH / Arizona
Ricardo Ledo sg / 6'6'' 180 / South Kent / Providence, RI / Providence
Jarnell Stokes pf / 6'8'' 250 / Oak Hill Academy / Memphis, TN / Undeclared
Alex Poythress sf / 6'7'' 215 / Northeast / Clarksville, TN / Kentucky
DaJuan Coleman c / 6'10'' 280 / Jamesville-DeWitt / Dewitt, NY / Syracuse
Grant Jerrett pf / 6'9'' 210 / La Verne Lutheran / La Verne, CA / Arizona
Omar Calhoun sg / 6'3'' 180 / Christ the King / Brooklyn, NY / Uconn
Kris Dunn pg / 6'3'' 180 / New London High / New London, CT / Providence
Ricardo Gathers pf / 6'7'' 240 / Riverside Academy / Laplace, LA / Undeclared
Gabe York pg/sg / 6'2'' 170 / Orange Lutheran / Orange, CA / Arizona


CLICK JUNIOR ALL-AMERICAN TEAM
CLICK SOPHOMORE ALL-AMERICAN TEAM
CLICK FRESHMEN ALL-AMERICAN TEAM

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